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FF – Meticulous

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Jan Wayne Fields.

I was so busy today I forgot to write a story at lunchtime and had to bang it out, well, now, so today’s is a bit of a grim one I’m afraid.

Copyright Jan Wayne Fields

Simeon surveyed his stationery. Everything neat and tidy. Just like him. Everything neatly arranged, everything in its correct place. A place for everything, and everything in its place. Nothing amiss.

So many uses, his stationery. Correspondence, drawing, pinning, stapling, sticking. It was amazing what one could do with such a collection. Virtually everything could be used to pop an eyeball, or to insert forcibly into an orifice.

He smiled, donned a pair of pristine white gloves and, selecting a paper clip, strode off towards the basement.

It would never do to keep his guest waiting.

  1. January 6, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    That turned weird

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  2. January 6, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    Lovely and gory!

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  3. January 6, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    Pristine white gloves? Why bother?!

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  4. January 6, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    Who knew office supplies could be so gruesomely employed? 😀

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  5. January 6, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Grim, sure. Entertaining though. Like the start of a good thriller.

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  6. Lyn
    January 6, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    I’ve decided I might need help. I have this crazy obsession for stationery stores…pens, paper, notebooks… 😮

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  7. January 7, 2021 at 1:32 am

    Eeeek! That one could turn into a real James Patterson thriller!

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  8. January 7, 2021 at 7:20 am

    And my muse just wanted to throw rocks at people’s heads haha. I enjoyed this story, beg for more.

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    • January 7, 2021 at 8:25 am

      It took a while to find a story in this photo. I’m glad you liked my shift to the dark 🙂

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  9. January 7, 2021 at 8:59 am

    Love it, Ali!

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    • January 8, 2021 at 9:21 am

      Thanks! A dark twist in the tail a la you!

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  10. January 7, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Keep it grim. I wouldn’t have my FF stories any other way…

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    • January 8, 2021 at 9:22 am

      It’s good to do dark without any humour whatsoever once in a while…

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      • January 8, 2021 at 1:24 pm

        Wait….. you mean I wasn’t supposed to be laughing? Hee hee! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!! (Puts hand in vest)

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  11. January 7, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    Blimey, that’s a bit sinister! Next time I go to a stationery store I’ll be imagining alternative uses for pencil sharpeners and shredders!

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  12. January 7, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    Grim indeed! You and Tannile need to get together and have a gore fest. 🙂

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  13. January 7, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    Grim. You carry on where CE Ayr leave off. 😦

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    • January 8, 2021 at 9:31 am

      Indeed. I was a bit “classic CE Ayr” wasn’t it?

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  14. January 7, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    Woe! Not where I thought it was going! Enjoyed.

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  15. January 7, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    Your ‘site’ won’t let me post comments? I had to do it through you reply? Am I doing something wrong with the computer??

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    • January 8, 2021 at 9:35 am

      Sorry to hear that. It depends on what error/issue you got. I’ve not heard anything from anyone else.

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      • January 8, 2021 at 1:04 pm

        I am glad I am not being shunned. I am used to have personal computer problems.

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  16. January 7, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Wow, that had one heck of a twist. You’re right — grim. Glad I was forewarned. Are you working on a Kay Scarpetta-type novel, by any chance?

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    • January 8, 2021 at 9:37 am

      If it’s not going to be funny, it needs to be grim and twisty 🙂

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  17. January 7, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Very grim indeed and not in the Grimm’s Fairy Tale way.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • January 8, 2021 at 9:38 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      I thought it was past time for a grim non-humorous tale.
      Ali

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  18. January 8, 2021 at 10:15 am

    I think I would pass on that invitation.

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    • January 8, 2021 at 11:47 am

      I think it’s too late for his current “guest” 😦

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  19. January 8, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    i wonder what he intends to do? perhaps fix a leaking faucet? 🙂

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  20. January 8, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    I was rolling along so nicely, then … eyeball … orifice … oh dear. What a diabolical twist. Great job, Ali!

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    • January 9, 2021 at 6:21 am

      Thanks! You didn’t really think it was going to end with him just contemplating his stationery, did you? 🙂

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  21. January 9, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    I’m glad you warned us it was a bit grim. You didn’t disappoint – it was! Unfortunately the human capacity for being nasty to each other is just about inexhaustible.

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    • January 10, 2021 at 7:10 am

      It is, it’s incomprehensible sometimes.

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  22. January 9, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Somehow I had a feeling his neatness would be put to more sinister purposes. I bet there are more OCD serial killers than any other segment of society.

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    • January 10, 2021 at 7:11 am

      And it feels all the more sinister, a meticulously neat and tidy serial killer.

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  23. January 12, 2021 at 5:46 am

    Why is it always the freakishly neat ones that are so depraved? lol.

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    • January 12, 2021 at 5:56 am

      It’s weird because he’s going to be making quite a mess downstairs 🙂

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  24. January 13, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    When I saw the picture, I knew.

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    • January 14, 2021 at 8:35 am

      What else does one do with so many sharp objects? 🙂

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      • January 15, 2021 at 9:58 pm

        Write a short fiction, may be? 😉

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